Feb 5, 2017
Pointing Out the Evil Within
Series: MARK
After calling the teachers of the law "hypocrites," Jesus gave them a radical one sentence sermon that sacked the Scribes and the Pharisees, left the crowd confused, and had his disciples longing to learn the meaning of his message in Mark 7:15 when Jesus said, "There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him."  This teaching broke with everything the religious elites and the Jewish people thought they knew about God's commands...but in Christ Jesus...all Old Testament dietary dictums were nullified.  In sum, Jesus pronounced that he was no longer Kosher with Kosher for those who are in Christ.  Just as the disciples of old, we still find ourselves going back to the law--though we have been set free!  Jesus reframed their thinking from external sources of defilement to the fact that we are already defiled because we are spiritually depraved.  What's in us...comes out of us.  Our focus needs to shift to clean hearts, not just clean hands.
 
Mark 7:14-23 (ESV)
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  • Feb 5, 2017Pointing Out the Evil Within
    Feb 5, 2017
    Pointing Out the Evil Within
    Series: MARK
    After calling the teachers of the law "hypocrites," Jesus gave them a radical one sentence sermon that sacked the Scribes and the Pharisees, left the crowd confused, and had his disciples longing to learn the meaning of his message in Mark 7:15 when Jesus said, "There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him."  This teaching broke with everything the religious elites and the Jewish people thought they knew about God's commands...but in Christ Jesus...all Old Testament dietary dictums were nullified.  In sum, Jesus pronounced that he was no longer Kosher with Kosher for those who are in Christ.  Just as the disciples of old, we still find ourselves going back to the law--though we have been set free!  Jesus reframed their thinking from external sources of defilement to the fact that we are already defiled because we are spiritually depraved.  What's in us...comes out of us.  Our focus needs to shift to clean hearts, not just clean hands.
     
    Mark 7:14-23 (ESV)
  • Jan 29, 2017The Heart of the Matter
    Jan 29, 2017
    The Heart of the Matter
    Series: MARK
    Listen to today's sermon where Jesus clashed with the teachers of the Law--who attempted to follow every letter, and yet missed the spirit of the Law.  These legalists weren't called "holy," but rather they were called "hypocrites" by the One who came to perfectly uphold and fulfill the Law.  The rules and regulations the Scribes and Pharisees added through codifying their Jewish oral tradition--not only burdened the people unnecessarily--but they actually voided the very word of God in the process.  This passage shows clearly that we do not earn God's favor or our salvation because of what we do or don't do, but instead, once we are saved and set free from the Law, we will honor it as a guide to regulate our loving relationship with him.
     
    Mark 7:1-13 (ESV)
  • Jan 22, 2017Meal Maker, Water Walker, Hurt Healer
    Jan 22, 2017
    Meal Maker, Water Walker, Hurt Healer
    Series: MARK
    If you've never known Jesus to be your protector, provider, and life changer, please listen to today's sermon about the miracles of Jesus being manifest in the One who is a Meal Maker, Water Walker, and Hurt Healer.  Today's message is about having faith in a God who will never let you experience pain without a purpose.  Today's message is about going through a great storm to get to something greater on the other side of it.  Today's message reveals the Gospel Truth that Jesus sees you struggle in the darkness, and loves you so much that he is willing to come to where you are to give you peace...and deliver you to the other side.  Listen to today's message, and trust in God's faithfulness.
     
    Mark 6:30-56 (ESV)
  • Jan 15, 2017A Sinful Situation
    Jan 15, 2017
    A Sinful Situation
    Series: MARK
    Why do we put ourselves in sinful situations where nothing good can come from it?  In today's message, Pastor Stephen shares how unforgiveness and nursing a grudge can only lead us deeper in sin...which eventually leads to death.  In addition, when we pursue the passions of our flesh and let pride rule in our lives, we will end up more than sorry.  Listen to today's story about King Herod, his wicked wife Herodias, and the beheading of John the Baptist as it relates to Herod trying to figure out who Jesus was.
     
    Mark 6:14-29 (ESV)
  • Jan 8, 2017Sent by Our Savior
    Jan 8, 2017
    Sent by Our Savior
    Series: MARK
    In today's sermon, Pastor Stephen reminds us that we (like the twelve) have also been sent by our Savior to preach the message of repentance to those around us.  We too are called to leave our baggage behind, move swiftly, and carry this message from town to town.  By calling the twelve to start in Israel, we're reminded that the best start to our own ministries begins at home.
     
    Mark 6:1-13 (ESV)
  • Jan 1, 2017A Power Outage at Home
    Jan 1, 2017
    A Power Outage at Home
    Series: MARK
    Many of us are guilty of forming opinions of someone based on what we've seen, and though time has passed, we've never really let the person get passed their past?  In this world, of all people, Christ followers should believe that people can be made new.  The Bible is full of examples of people who had a chance for a new beginning.  As we start this New Year, let us see others for who they are now in Christ Jesus, as they've been made into new creations.  In today's teaching, Pastor Stephen talks about how Jesus was rejected in his hometown by those who thought they knew his past--but their lack of faith and refusal to see Jesus through eyes of faith left them marveling at his teaching and miracles...but offended at his claims to be the Christ.  And because they did not believe, Jesus could do no great works there.  In today's text, we see Jesus teaching his disciples a painful lesson that the toughest place to do ministry is often in our homes.  Listen to today's message and commit to honor Jesus in your community, amongst your relatives, and in your own homes in 2017.
     
    Mark 6:1-6 (ESV)
  • Dec 18, 2016The Real Christmas Story of Maggis, a Massacre, and a Messiah on the Move
    Dec 18, 2016
    The Real Christmas Story of Maggis, a Massacre, and a Messiah on the Move
    To many, Christmas evokes emotions of happiness and joy; while others spend the holidays in a world of deep darkness, uncertainty, and suffering.  These same emotions have existed since the inception of the birth of Christ and many are still struggling to see the joy that comes only through the Son.  Listen to today's message on The Real Christmas Story of Maggis, a Massacre, and a Messiah on the Move.  "Out of Egypt God called His Son" to save a world that was filled with darkness.  Christmas is the time we celebrate that God came down to bring light and life to those who are helpless and hurting.  We needed a Savior, and at Christmas, we're reminded...that God gave us one.
     
    Matthew 2:12-18 (ESV)
  • Dec 11, 2016The Birth of Jesus
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Birth of Jesus
    The incarnation of Christ reveals God's love for his people and his mastery over all creation for the purpose of redeeming man.  Listen to today' message, as guest speaker, Mr. Kevin Bain, takes you on a Christmas journey.
     
    Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12 (NIV '84)
  • Dec 4, 2016God’s Promises in Troubled Times
    Dec 4, 2016
    God’s Promises in Troubled Times
    Listen to today's message from Pastor Scott Farmer as he shares a message of hope for all those going through a drought.  He shares a message that God's about to bring the rain!  Trust in the promises of God that He will deliver you from whatever trials you are facing in accordance with his perfect will and way.
     
    Joel 2:23-32
  • Nov 27, 2016A Woman with a Bleed and A Little Girl’s Need
    Nov 27, 2016
    A Woman with a Bleed and A Little Girl’s Need
    Series: MARK
    For one helpless, nameless woman, in the crowd...she had experienced twelve long, lonely years of suffering; and for the other, her twelve years of living as her daddy's only daughter were drawing to a close.  Both the woman with the bleed and the father who came to express his little girl's need--came to Jesus in faith.  Listen to today's message to see Jesus continuing to display His Lordship over the deep, over demons, and over disease and death--as He gives hope, healing, and life itself to those who come to him in faith.  Whether man, woman, or child, Jesus came to bear our infirmities and diseases in order to deliver us from our sins, sickness, and shame--so that we might be made well.  
     
    Mark 5:21-43 (ESV)